NEW ALBANY — As we roll the calendar into a new year I would like to take the time to make some predictions for 2013. I recently went back and re-read my prediction column from last year and I was pleasantly surprised at my ability to prognosticate. I correctly predicted the outcome of the November election, the USA dominance in the London Olympics and I even hinted at the possibility of the NA-FC Parks Department split that did occur. While other things weren’t quite as accurate I thought I would give it another try.
Sen. John Kerry who will have the easiest confirmation hearings ever for a presidential nomination will have his hands full as the new secretary of state. I am going to go out on a limb and say that most of his trouble will be in the corner of the world we like to call the Middle East. The unrest that we have seen there for the past 5,000 years may continue for at least one more. It may look like peace in the region is within our grasp, but it will likely slip away.
With no elections this year, Congress will have no real good reason to do the people’s work and behave this year. Their approval will dip from an all-time low to barely there. If it is possible they will get less done in 2013 then they did in 2012. Their indecisions on things like a new debt ceiling plan and spending cuts will make it a roller coaster ride for the stock market, but in the end the Dow Jones Industrial average will end the year higher.
By the end of the year we will be able to tell which current legislator will be planning to run for President of the United States in 2016. I don’t think that anyone will officially announce their intentions, but their erratic behavior and decision making will make it clear. Several current senators and members of the house of representatives will announce their intentions not to seek re-election in 2014, sighting a breakdown in the ability to get things done in Washington.